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Manolo for the Home » Weird furniture http://manolohome.com Practical Lifestyle Advice for Homemakers and Home Owners Fri, 06 Sep 2013 02:14:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.8 That Oh-So-Lovely Piece of Furniture That Got Away http://manolohome.com/2011/07/28/that-oh-so-lovely-piece-of-furniture-that-got-away/ http://manolohome.com/2011/07/28/that-oh-so-lovely-piece-of-furniture-that-got-away/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:10:46 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=7059

...and not because someone else bought it first.

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We Call This One the Husband Hunter http://manolohome.com/2011/07/28/we-call-this-one-the-husband-hunter/ http://manolohome.com/2011/07/28/we-call-this-one-the-husband-hunter/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:58:48 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=7056

Indeed, I think there are easier ways to trap a man.

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The Essence of Nature/Art/Furniture/Etc. from the Heads at Pulpo http://manolohome.com/2011/06/01/the-essence-of-natureartfurnitureetc-from-the-heads-at-pulpo/ http://manolohome.com/2011/06/01/the-essence-of-natureartfurnitureetc-from-the-heads-at-pulpo/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:24:59 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=6614 There’s no winning in the game of blogging home decor and accessories and design because you can’t please all of the people all of the time. That’s cool; it’s all part of the fun. I know that utramod isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – when I’ve gone through my mod phases, I’ve gotten complaints – but I have to show off some of the sweet gear from Germany’s Pulpo. The brand, if that’s what you’d call it, works in cooperation with some absolutely fabulous designers to release furniture, lighting, and accessories that explore the essence of the things we find in our homes.

This table, it is the bomb?

A classic clock, pared down some. Or a lot.

Simply natural tea towel hangers, or nature made better.

Don't toss that box!

The essence of lamp?

A pair of antlers I can actually get behind.

I love them all – even the box table, which I think may be the most controversial product in the lineup. And even though nothing from Pulpo comes cheap. What do you think? Could you find a place for a little ultramod in your own home, even if you’re more of a traditionalist?

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Bed vs. Hammock http://manolohome.com/2011/05/13/bed-vs-hammock/ http://manolohome.com/2011/05/13/bed-vs-hammock/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 11:57:41 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=6467 First it was kitchen chairs versus kitchen benches, not it’s beds versus hammocks. Before you say ‘Whaaaa?’ consider that I’ve featured some pretty weird beds in the past: a bed without a mattress from Linda Topic and beds with feelings and a bed made of filing cabinets, all spring to mind. But all of that seems pretty normal to me compared to a small space solution I read recently. Which was ditch the bed, and get a hammock.

A hammock? A hanging-from-the-walls honest to goodness hammock. And not a chic queen size hammock bed like this fancy number from Le Beanock:

Now this I could do...

I’m talking about a straight up piece of fabric hanging by two points that is a bit more, er, enveloping than your average bed. A bed like the sailors of old crashed out on between watches. A hammock like you might buy at Amazon and is meant for outdoor use. A hammock like this one perhaps. I guess I can see it as a space-saving measure in the tiniest of New York or Tokyo apartments.

But does anyone else’s back hurt just thinking about ditching a traditional bed to make space and sleeping in a hammock instead? Because mine sure does!

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The Secret of the 2.5 Dimension Bookshelves http://manolohome.com/2011/05/09/the-secret-of-the-2-5-dimension-bookshelves/ http://manolohome.com/2011/05/09/the-secret-of-the-2-5-dimension-bookshelves/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 11:43:19 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=6421 Designer Bjørn Jørund Blikstad’s unusual bookshelves, known as Imeüble, fool the eye and bend the mind. At least from far away. As optical illusions go, at least these colorful and weird bookshelves serve as storage, as well as acting as art. Blikstad’s creation appears to be 2D from far off – and even in the pictures, my brain is trying to tell me two things at once – but Imeüble exists squarely in the 3D realm.

But it’s all smoke and shadows – every nook is capable of holding books and plants and whatever else needs storing.

Every square is a shelf!

And yet my brain says Q*Bert

This project is apparently Blikstad’s attempt to understand the concept of storage by “looking at it, not as a practical issue involving the storage of known objects, but in sync with our memory; comparing the mental storage capacity with the actual.”

I don’t know if I get all that from it, but still. Very cool, no?

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No Mattress? No Problem. http://manolohome.com/2011/03/24/no-mattress-no-problem/ http://manolohome.com/2011/03/24/no-mattress-no-problem/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:18:53 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=6178 Here’s how it works:

Step: Acquire a pile of thick comforters

Step 2: Pile up prettily

Step 3: Cuddle up and sleep

It’s a design by Linda Topic and certainly an interesting bed concept, but the impression I get is that it would only be comfortable until all that bedding compressed into a dense pancake of feathers and fill.

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NtB Needs Your Help http://manolohome.com/2010/10/29/ntb-needs-your-help/ http://manolohome.com/2010/10/29/ntb-needs-your-help/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:07:31 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=4755

Ladies and gentlemen, I need your help today. I’m in one of those mental places where I find myself torn between two different opinions. So you tell me, because I just can’t decide… Is this chair from Meritalia ugly? Or really, really freaking ugly?

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Tobi Wong’s Bed Still Inspires http://manolohome.com/2010/10/27/tobi-wongs-bed-still-inspires/ http://manolohome.com/2010/10/27/tobi-wongs-bed-still-inspires/#comments Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:47:30 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=4735 Now that The Beard and I are on the verge of having a bedroom again, I find myself inspired by this bedroom in the tiny apartment now deceased Canadian designer Tobi Wong lived in from 1998 to 2003. Specifically, I find myself drawn to the bed, which is nothing more than a a futon mattress placed on a large piece of plywood balanced on five steel filing cabinets.

Maybe I wouldn’t use filing cabinets… how about two beautiful desks or dressers that one could use to contain all of the detritus of living? Or similarly, a few low-slung benches with drawers? All in all, there are lots of ways to create a DIY platform bed that looks cool and gives you some serious extra storage space, and most of them aren’t as industrial as this.

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Tree Beds, Five Ways http://manolohome.com/2010/10/22/tree-beds-five-ways/ http://manolohome.com/2010/10/22/tree-beds-five-ways/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:44:03 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=4696 If you’re looking for a four-poster bed with a twist, how about a tree bed? That way, you can have four posts or fourteen, depending. And it’s a wacky, but adorable way to catch some Zs in the great outdoors without all the muss and fuss of camping. I’d love the first one or the fourth one, but depending on how rustic you want to go, you might love the others more!






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The Grass Is Always Greener When You Don’t Have to Cry Over Spilled Milk http://manolohome.com/2010/10/20/the-grass-is-always-greener-when-you-dont-have-to-cry-over-spilled-milk/ http://manolohome.com/2010/10/20/the-grass-is-always-greener-when-you-dont-have-to-cry-over-spilled-milk/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:56:14 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=4664 Here are two things that tickled my fancy today:

First, the Spilt Milk Bowl by Fred and Friends. Made of silicone, it is malleable and durable, easy to clean, and a great size for cereal or one-portion dishes. The perfect gift for the cereal addict in your life.

And then this, a customized IKEA ‘lack’ side table that offers up 3025 cm^2 of organic green space by ISO 216. I’m thinking you could easily DIY this with a little no-frills patio table, some plastic edging, dirt, and grass seeds. Voila! Your very own lawn!

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